Javed disapproves of Sholay remake

Javed Akhtar sees little point in remaking a "flawless film" like Sholay.

india Updated: May 12, 2006 12:40 IST

Lyricist Javed Akhtar sees little point in remaking a "flawless film" like Sholay, but says Don can definitely stand a second making as it was made on a shoestring budget the first time round.

"I fail to understand where there is the room for any improvisation in Sholay. If you cannot do anything new or different to the original, then what's the point of it?" Akhtar asks, referring to Ram Gopal Varma's remake of Sholay, which was scripted by him and Salim Khan.

"Don was an interesting script but suffered because it was made on a shoestring budget. Producer Nariman Irani somehow managed to complete the film. Don can definitely be made on a much larger scale," Akhtar, whose son Farhan is remaking the film.

"Salim and I did what we had to with Don. Now let's see what Farhan does," he adds.

Excerpts from an interview:

You have reached a pinnacle as a lyricist. Don't you think you need to move upward?
If I start believing I have written it all, it would be very pompous of me. Lyricists like Shailendra and Sahir (Ludhianvi) who were my role models - have achieved that pinnacle. They are mind-blowing. So are poets whom no one remembers today like SH Bihari, Bharat Vyas, Pradeep and Raja Mehndi Ali Khan.

Lyricist Javed Akhtar sees little point in remaking a "flawless film" like Sholay, but says Don can definitely stand a second making as it was made on a shoestring budget the first time round.

I have reached a plateau as a lyricist. After a long time I have gone back to my first love - screenwriting - without reducing the number of lyrics I write. As it is, I don't write too many lyrics.

I intend to write at least one screenplay every year. I am in the process of writing one script. After I complete it, I'll give it to any producer who wants it. I recently wrote one screenplay, which was Lakshya for my son Farhan.

Will this lead to direction
Right now there are many interesting developments in my career. But direction would require me to give up all my other activities.

Perhaps your wife Shabana (Azmi) also strives to reach that centre through her performances."
I loved her performance in 15 Park Avenue. I wept in that film, as I did in Khandhar. I know the girls that Shabana and Konkona Sen (Sharma) played in Khandhar and 15 Park Avenue. I connect with them. I know their hopeless lives.

I have celebrated them in the lines Dekhiye to lagta hai zindagi ki rahon mein ek bheed chalti hai. Sochiye to lagta hai bheed mein hain sab tanha.

First Published: May 12, 2006 12:40 IST